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As with 15 Minute Dramas, this series is repeated at 19:45
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09ydb7t

I suppose I am a bit slow, or perhaps my listening is sometimes interrupted in the morning or whatever, but I was so pleased to be able to catch the second playing today. There is a lot of information to take in, and the timing of the exchanges is perfection.

So another session of laughing out loudly, as some of the finer comedy points sunk in second time round.

I love this series.

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Ahh...the 9th series of 'How Does That Make You Feel?
And this morning -  Episode 1  - was Richard Fallon MP.

It sneaks up on you this stuff, it was a few minutes in before I was laughing out loud. I think I've been on one of those dates you know. Well perhaps the description was so vivid that I just think I've been on one. Experiencing it, safe in my car (for that is where I was at 10:45 this morning) laughing away and grinning. Not sure what the other road users must have thought.

And as for the Strictly reference, well that sent my hysterics into over drive.

I wonder do those in the House of Commons listen to this. I am sure they do.

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Repeated today 6th April 2018

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School Drama
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bdd29


Wednesday 14th March 2018

First Broadcast
Wed 18 May 2016
14:15

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When Last I Saw You
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qhvrn

Tuesday 13th March 2018

First Broadcast: Mon 30 Nov 2015
14:15


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The Afternoon Play / Rumpole on Trial
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:37:22 PM »
Rumpole on Trial

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b074x71s

I like Rumpole. It would be churlish of me to complain that this is repeated from less than 2 years ago, but it is timeless stuff and Julian Rhind-Tutt does a good job as the more recent version of Rumpole.

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The Afternoon Play / Re: How long before an Afternoon Play is repeated?
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:19:29 PM »
The Beard http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0939x8v

First Broadcast: Thu 14 Sep 2017
Less than 5 months ago.

Well there's one thing about repeating a drama so soon after first broadcast, at least I can remember this one enough to know to tune straight into BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon at 14:15.

I may even go local radio or go down the shops.

It begs the question again: what criteria does the BBC use as to when to re-broadcast a drama? Whatever it may be - topicality, convenience, writer/actor needs a bit more exposure/cash, or whatever...I would be interested to know.

Any suggestions?




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The Afternoon Play / Re: Lost & Found
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:32:38 PM »
(Thread resurrection)

At long last I've discovered for myself Radio 4 Extra. And this little beaut was on tonight:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03jz22c

The opening words sum it up nicely: "A tender and humorous drama....." but of course it's more than that.

I'm not sure I listened to this properly the last time (see above). I don't think I could have. Certainly not properly. Anyway, I have just realised again why I don't have a TV in the house.

This link says it better than I ever could:

http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/blogs/diametric/2015-03-19/lost-property-and-misplaced-memories-ian-kershaws-lost-and-found





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The Afternoon Play / Fat Little Thing
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:15:47 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nndfz

I don't watch TV but I know that Julie Hesmondhalgh is very popular there, and it seems on Radio 4 over exposure for her is no problem.

I'll listen to this one, yiu know, give it a chance, but somehow I don't think I'll hear anything over than an over exposed actress playing the usual character.

I hope I'll be posting back to apologise for my cynicism. We'll see,

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Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:18:34 PM »
I'm not generally a fan of repeats, unless thay are very good. Love in Recovery ticks all the boxes of course.

I find myself sometimes seeing things from a slightly different point of view now. The emphasis is in another direction.

If I may, I'll explain once this series is complete. All very interesting though. Still funny, still sad, still heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

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The Afternoon Play / Far Side of the Moore - Friday 21/4/2017
« on: April 21, 2017, 12:54:32 PM »
First broadcast 2015. I seem to remember this was interesting and entertaining.

"Sean Grundy's drama is both a moving and at times laugh out loud funny telling of a key moment in the life of Patrick Moore".

Yes, I think I would agree with that. I'll be tuning in again.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nt1vb

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The Afternoon Play / Is it Julie Hesmondhalgh day?
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:43:40 PM »
I don't watch TV but I understand that Julie Hesmondhalgh is a bit of a star on the box. BBC need a national treasure and they've found one, or rather are making one. They did the business on Judi Dench all those years ago helped to string out that career for more decades than may have been strictly necessary. They desperately needed a replacement.

So today we have:

Afternoon Play/Drama The Fix:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08kydbq

and 15 Minute Drama Dead Pan:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08l7szl

In their efforts to claim a star and self-propel a career with overexposure, I have to say I just see the characters as the same person, with an idiosyncratic voice, blandly reading a script secure in the knowledge that Auntie Beeb is looking after her.

I don't mean to be unkind to Julie, but that''s how I feel. Anyway, I'm off out before the 15 Minute Drama stats.





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Radio 4 / What He Said
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:06:59 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08drk4s

A gentle but nonetheless capturing 15 minutes listen.

I found the story interesting but erm, there is nothing whatsoever that I can identify with Marcus.

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The Afternoon Play / Comment Is Free - Everybody hates Alistair Cooper
« on: January 30, 2017, 03:35:06 PM »
Well first things first, this was an entertaining and thought-provoking enough Afternoon Drama. A thinly veiled parody on real life people? Well that is for the listener to decide, but I'm sure many of us who use the internet will recognise some of the comments made against outspoken commentators on social media.

I knew this one was worth a listen because I had heard it before. I even found myself finishing off some of the sentences. Last broadcast on Wednesday October 5th 2016. Less than 4 months ago. No wonder.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wtd70

Point of interest: Rachael Stirling, playing the lead here, is the daughter of Diana Rigg



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